JC Stevens to Sponsor CRC Panel Discussion

The Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC), an independent forum for crane and rigging professionals, will take place in conjunction with ConExpo-Con/Agg, Mar. 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference includes five educational sessions, one of which is a panel discussion designed to guide contractors and crane owners through the path to compliance with the new OSHA1926.1400 regulation for cranes and derricks in construction.

JC Stevens, a Lansdale, Pa.-based insurance provider specializing in writing insurance for the crane industry has been named the sponsor of the panel discussion. “JC Stevens Insurance is proud to sponsor the CRC panel on the new OSHA Cranes and Derricks Regulation. With over 15 years protecting the assets of crane owners and operators, we understand the unique needs of this group and are eager to participate in the knowledge sharing this conference promotes,” said Megan Rose, program director/underwriter for JC Stevens Insurance, a Norman-Spencer company.

Even though the OSHA rule took effect in November 2010, many questions remain over compliance and enforcement. Our panel of experts, who represent a wide range of experience in heavy lifting—from insurance, risk management and general contracting to operator, rigger and signalperson training—will be on hand to talk through the issues and field questions from the audience. As there will be no shortage of strong opinions on the new rules, you won’t want to miss this lively discussion.

The panel for “The Perfect Pick: How to Navigate OSHA’s New Crane Rules” is comprised of:

  • Bill Davis, senior risk engineering consultant, Zurich Services Corp.
  • Larry DeMark Sr., president, Equipment Training Solutions LLC
  • Steve Greene, vice president, National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • Cory Hall, safety manager, JE Dunn Construction
  • Mike Parnell, president and CEO, Industrial Training International  

The discussion will be moderated by Engineering News-Record’s Tudor Van Hampton.  Van Hampton is currently the Midwest bureau chief for ENR and the magazine’s equipment and materials editor. Based in Chicago, Ill., his print, web, and video reports have taken him all over the world. In the early 2000s, Van Hampton cut his teeth on cranes and lifting equipment at Lift Equipment and CraneWorks magazines. He has also spoken on National Public Radio about trends in building materials and made multiple television appearances, including NBC’s “Today Show,” as an analyst in the aftermath of a catastrophic crane accident in New York City in 2008. Van Hampton holds degrees in English and Theatre & Film from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Crane Operator.